This vet guide is to give you some tips on choosing a vet, vaccinations, reducing the risk of health issues, spaying /neutering and micro chipping your dachshund.
Many veterinary practices are not able to offer 24hr emergency care, find out where you nearest emergency center is and be familiar with getting there.
Start your dachshund care as you mean to go on, when you first get your puppy, have him checked by your vet, and any vaccinations required given.
Vet Guide - How best to choose a vet for your dog
When your Dachshund is due for his annual shots and heart worm test it is a good idea to have a complete check-up including nail trim and teeth scrape.
How to make your dachshund vet friendly
Your vet is the medical practitioner for your dachshund, similar to your own doctor so you want to feel happy to ask any questions and trust his opinion on your dog’s health.
The dachshund breed has some known health issues these include, obesity, luxating patella, hip dysplasia and Intervertebral disk disease.
Vaccinations are an important part of your dachshund care, ensuring your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and annual boosters received.
Vaccinations usually start at 6-8 weeks your need to consult your vet and insure up to date records are kept.
Some of the diseases covered by vaccinations - canine distemper, kennel cough, lyme disease, hepatitis, rabies, measles and parvovirus.
The vaccinations required for your dachshund may depend on where you live and the dachshund’s lifestyle.
Vet guide advices that you need to be aware it is your responsibility to organize spaying and neutering of puppies, generally around 6 months of age, males can be done a bit earlier but females can only be done around 6 months and ideally before her first cycle as the more cycles they have the higher the risk of mammary tumors.
Make sure you know what is involved before you commitment to breeding with your Dachshund.
Some health advantages to spaying/neutering – decreased incidence of mammary tumors, prostate cancer, prevents males roaming and curbs territorial behavior also can make a calmer personality. Spaying/neutering does not change the nature or character of your dog.
Micro chipping your dog
More dog owners and breeders are taking advantage, of the new microchip technology for dogs. The microchip is a small device about the size of a grain of rice and is usually inserted into the area of the dog’s shoulder blades.
This microchip contains a number which is revealed when scanned, the chip number is registered with the dogs details and must appear on all veterinary and vaccination certificates.
If the dog is traveling internationally you must ensure that you have the correct type of microchip.
Registration/licensing of Dogs
Every owner of a dog 3 months of age or older, shall require registration and licensing in accordance with local bylaws for the area you reside in.
The aim of this new owner vet guide is to give you helpful information and advice to get you started, with your new little friend.
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